Director of Indie Sci Fi Feature Film, COSMOS.
Hey Darren, thanks for checking out the film - really appreciate it. Totally respect your views on the movie, stories are of course subjective but we feel Cosmos sets up a tone and a world where power loss etc is acceptable fun, it's not supposed to be Arrival or Contact, more of an Amblin, adventurous vibe.
The dead pixels you're talking about on a couple of shots at the end are actually small flares that came from our wide angle adapter. We removed all the dead pixels in the movie, perhaps we should have got rid of those flares too :)
Thanks again for your kind words and for watching it, means a lot x
Hi Frank, thanks for the comment and glad its useful :)
1. Yeah, great question - it was indeed by design. The honest answer is because the film is first and foremost about male friendship and providing stronger role models for male behavior on film. It's the male stereotypes that can and do cause such harm in the world. Cosmos tells the story of three men who overcome their problems not through aggression and anger, but through understanding and empathy and who are ultimately rewarded for their sensitivity. We could have cast a women as the fourth (supporting) character but that would have felt a bit lacking and potentially more damaging than having no females at all. We are of course passionate about telling female stories and about dismantling the system that causes inequality - we're currently writing a female lead screenplay - but for us, we felt the way we could have the most impact where we were at that stage in our life was to provide better male role models for younger audiences; the problem of inequality lies in the men and we're proud to offer a more positive image of masculinity.
Watched a great video the other day on the topic, thought this quote was potent:
"[In cinema] we've learnt to easily forgive aggression and arrogance in men but to take exception at presentations of humility or sensitivity. We are accustomed to see men who are quick to violence and slow to diplomacy...We need more movies that centre on a more gentle, empathetic version of heroic masculinity."
2. Also a great question - you're quite right that although we only spent $7k on it, it inevitably cost us far more in time and loss of earnings during the period we made it (and are still working on it). Will it break even in that regard? I'm unsure - but as soon as we can share that information we'll be sure to. It is making money though and we will be paying everyone fairly who was involved. For us the value of the movie is far more than financial though - it's a calling card and a key that is opening doors for us we couldn't open any other way. Money can't get us in front of influential producers/agents/managers, but Cosmos can and is. Making Cosmos the way we did is not advisable from a business stand point, but if the goal, like ours, is bigger than the single project then the result and value is priceless.
Thanks for looking into this - that kind of understanding is beyond us, so it's very useful for others to know. It worked well for us but I appreciate you've found holes in their system. Thanks for looking out for your fellow filmmaker.
I would say however, that although you want to protect your movie, it will be pirated to high heaven within hours of its release regardless of what you do. It's something we discovered. Cosmos has been viewed close to half a million times on pirate versions online (that we know of) and while that's a loss in revenue, there's no real way to combat it and it also serves to spread the word. It's an odd relationship.
Jere - thank you very much for checking out COSMOS, for looking into it further and for your well wishes :) They are truly appreciated, comments like these mean a lot to my brother and I and the small team behind the film. Thank you again and best wishes x
Thank you kindly, John! Thank you for giving our film a shot and for leaving such a positive and supportive comment. Really means a lot to us x
Hi Khireddine, "no-budget" refers to the industry definition of under $50k, please don't blame the article or NFS for using industry budgeting terminology